I’m now on Etsy!

Something I have been working on semi-secretly for the past few weeks is finally launching: I started an Etsy store!

I make hand-lettered bunting banners with tassels using only recycled kraft food packaging and vintage mixed fibers. I am so excited to be able to share some handmade goodness with the world! I love these banners because they can be used in so many different settings:

Wedding decor
Baby shower decor
Engagement photos
Bridal shower decor
Baby photos
Home decor
Pregnancy photos
Nursery decor

And the list goes on! I love the versatility of it, as it can be customized for any occassion or season of life, and I love being able to use only recycled materials! The kraft cardstock I use is all 100% recycled from food packaging, like boxes of granola bars and oatmeal. The mixed fibers I use are all either thrifted or vintage, and are an eclectic and exciting mix of lace, ribbon, yarn, and fabric! I love making these lush and juicy tassels and customizing each one to have a unique mix of textures and colors.

You can bookmark my store page, as I will be adding new listings every week!
www.throneandthimble.etsy.com

I hope you check it out, and maybe find something you like! ❤ Shay

 

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Marble Furniture Transformation on a Budget

My apologies for being MIA! Before we get into the nitty gritty of today’s project, a personal update: I’m expecting! My husband and I are thrilled to be welcoming our first baby this fall. Since I have been a bit distracted and lacking in energy, even my favorite hobby had to be put on the back burner. However, I am excited to share some of what I have been working on in the meantime! More updates to come later 🙂

Ever since we moved into our current home, I have fantasized about having a marble top dining table. However, since we are on a budget, splurging on one was just not meant to be. In the meantime, I made do with a hand me down glass top dining table that I hated (see my previous dining table update here!). We have since upgarded to an IKEA one that I love! It is glossy and white, and we already had white bent wood chairs to go along with it.

However, with that ugly dining table out of the way, our hand me down bar was now very much out of place. It was a matching dark wood and glass set, and I know it had to go! So off to IKEA we went, but could not find something that we both liked, that was functional, and pretty, and under $50- am I asking for too much?

During a quick thrift store stop to drop off donations after some spring time de-cluttering, I poked my head in to see what’s new. I came in with the expectation that I will probably not find anything that fits our home, but had a few minutes to spare. I ran across this white bar with perfectly proportioned cubbies in my go-to white. Ummm sold! The $29 price tag didn’t hurt either 😉

The furniture piece was fairly solid, but once we dragged into our apartment I gave all the screws a little tightening, just in case. I then wiped down every surface with sanitizing wipes, and gave some of the scuffs along the legs a little scrub with a magic eraser. It was already looking better!

The top surface of the bar had some water damage, with some areas scuffed right down to the particleboard. I know I was going to cover the top, and I also knew just the right way to do it- contact paper from the dollar store! My local dollar store, Dollarama, has a good selection of sticky back shelf liner and contact paper in a variety of colors and patterns. I picked up 2 rolls of marble printed contact paper for $2 each and got started as soon as I got home.

After wiping down the surface one more time, I smoothed on the contact paper. It is forgiving enough that if you have to lift it and try again you can, as long as you do it right away before really pressing it down. I find it easier to go slowly and squeegee the bubbles out of the way as I go along. I wrapped the paper around the beveled edges and smoothed it down around the corners, trimming as needed.

If you do end up with some bubbles during your application, you can poke a small hole with a safety pin, and smooth it down to let out the air. You can also smooth out bubbles towards the edges to get an even surface. Once it is all smooth, burnish your surface gently to adhere it securely. I find that the stickiness is enough to hold it down well, no additional adhesive is needed! I have done this project a few months ago now and it is still holding well, no peeling at all!

Unfortunately my contact paper roll was a bit too short to cover the entire length of my bar top, so I lined up my next roll to finish it off. There is a seam, as the random marble pattern is not made to be repeating / matched, however it is not too obvious in the finished piece. Here is a close up, judge for yourself!

This “marble” top bar definitely satisfied my craving for a classy and polished piece to complete our dining room. Total damage done = $33. However, you can definitely do this for any piece of furniture you already have. It is such an easy makeover, I am thinking of trying it with one of my living room side tables!

Since I finished this project, several friends who visited us commented on it. The consensus: none of them could tell it was not real marble by looking at it! many of them assumed it was pricey and heavy, and were shocked when I told them it was one of my dollar store projects 🙂

If you are needing a bit of marble elegance in your space, give this project a try! It is so affordable, quick, easy, and (so far) durable, and will easily transform even the most boring pieces in your home! The contact paper sticks to any smooth clean surface, so will work with laminate / IKEA type furniture, glass, metal, and I would assume even wood, as long as the grain is not too prominent.

Quick note- keep in mind this contact paper is removable! this means you can try a different style and take it off if you change your mind without damaging the furniture.

Glitter Easter Eggs- MESS FREE!

Now, I love glitter as much as the next girl, but as a crafter I am also no stranger to the phrase: “glitter is the herpes of the craft world” LOL! And from experience, it is definitely true- once you start to play with glitter in your crafts, you will be finding flecks of the stuff in your hair and between your toes for the next few months! So here is one mess free way to add some glitter to your life, and add some bling to boring cheap plastic Easter eggs!

I bought these plastic eggs all strung up as a garland, so I cut the string so that they can be used individually in my décor. This left the holes in the eggs (like beads!) which is actually a good thing! I poke a skewer through the holes to give a good grip on the eggs, so its easy to get at all angles and turn it without actually touching it!

If you are using the type of plastic eggs that open in half, you can still get a good grip on the eggs by separating the halves, and holding each side from the inside of the egg.

For mess free glitter, I am using glitter nail polish! I love the look of glitter polish, and have a few bottles in my stash, but I’m not a fan of actually wearing it on my nails as it is a total nightmare to remove! 😛

So just glob on the glitter nail polish- and I really do mean GLOB! No need to get caught up in making neat strokes, as glitter nail polish doesn’t work that way! I have also seen a nail artist use a makeup sponge to dab on glitter polish for maximum coverage, but that seems like work, so instead I just layer on thick swipes of polish until it looks like the glitter is evenly distributed.

You can leave the glitter more spread out and sheer to let the pastel color of the egg show through, or you can keep layering the polish on until all you see is glitter- totally up to you and the look that you prefer, so have fun experimenting.

Since the egg is already on a skewer, it is easy to pop it into a cup or a container to dry without touching anything, while you work on the next one.

I did try using glitter glue for this project too, and while it looked pretty, it takes forever to dry in comparison with the nail polish. And since I’m all about instant gratification when it comes to crafts, I just went with the polish for my eggs.

You can string these eggs up as a garland, lay them out in a decorative bowl, glue them to an Easter or spring themed wreath, what other fun ways can you think of to use these fun eggs in your décor?

If you like this project, check out my Easter eggs project from last year, where I show how to water marble with, you guessed it, nail polish!

Wishing everyone a happy Easter! And keep an eye out for a personal update coming in the next week or so (all good, I promise!) 🙂

Have a crafty holiday!

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to wish all of my readers a very happy and relaxing holiday season! I hope you are all cozy and warm, and enjoying all of the season’s festivities! If you are still looking for some last minute holiday crafts, or if you are starting to feel a bit of cabin fever, maybe some of these past tutorials will fit the bill!

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Upcycled bunting using cereal boxes do your own lettering to spell out festive words like “NOEL” , “MERRY” , or “JOLLY”, or go all out to spell longer holiday phrases! Or, use sparkly washi tape as your accent, and write “2017” for your New Years’ Eve party!

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Magazine Christmas trees I made these last year, and they did not survive in storage all too well, however they are so easy and did I mention FREE to make, that I may as well make new ones this year! Add glitter or glue on beads or small ornaments for an extra festive holiday look!

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Felt stocking gift card holders These tiny stockings are so fuzzy and cute, and such a thoughtful way to customize a simple gift. Tuck in a candy cane for an extra treat! Plus, the lucky recipient can keep their personalized stocking as an ornament for years to come.

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DIY string ornaments the name says it all- if you have some cardboard and string, you can make these! These are easy to customize as well, from ribbon bows to jingly bells and googly eyes!

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Pinecone Christmas tree the perfect combo of using natural materials and upcycled found items. Sprinkle some glitter on these cuties for the perfect “snowy tree” look!

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Pompom garland This fun and colourful project is also perfectly kid-safe, and adds such a playful and whimsical look to any space! Use any colors that match your theme for a cute look even after the holidays are gone 🙂

Wishing you all a safe and warm holiday season ❤ see you in 2017!

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Pompom garland – easy DIY

This DIY project is so easy and straightforward, there is really not much to it! It is perfect for kids as well- no heat gun or sharp tools! So if you are looking for a fun way to bring in color and texture to your décor, keep reading 🙂

 

First, you will need pom-poms. How many would depend on how long you want your garland to be!

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My local dollar store had a medium bag of assorted pom poms for $1, so this was a very affordable craft! They also have sparkly ones in holiday colors- fun! I am sure you can order them online as well, if you are looking at sticking to a specific color palette.

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I used embroidery thread and a plastic yarn needle to connect my pompoms. Choose any color string you like! Using a thicker string like twine or yarn catches on the pom poms and makes it more difficult to slide them around.

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Poke the yarn needle through each individual pompom and pull the string through. String them along in random color order, or find a pattern!

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You can leave your pompoms tight together like a fuzzy rainbow caterpillar!

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Or use your fingers to space them out evenly. This is a more airy look, and makes your garland longer!

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You can add your pom-pom garland to your Christmas tree!

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Or hang it up with some washi tape as part of your colourful holiday décor!

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I hope you enjoy this fun holiday DIY! ❤

Pinecone Trees- Holiday Decor

I love to upcycle and use unusual materials, especially when it comes to holiday decor! (for an example, check my magazine trees from last year here). Here is another example of DIY holiday decor, using pretty much 90% upcycled materials! Bonus points for the cozy rustic feel 😉

First, you will need pinecones. Ideally, you would be able to collect these from nature if it is dry enough outside. If you get soggy pinecones, lay them out to dry in a warm spot, or pop them in the oven on a very low temperature (this also kills any creepy crawlies that may have tagged along!)

For the base, use a bottle cap! You can decorate it as you please- paint, stickers, gems, whatever you happen to have on hand! Or leave it plain, that works too! Use hot glue to attach the base to the bottom of the pinecone, and check to make sure it is standing up straight.

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For the star at the top, and the ornaments, use beads, pom poms, even rolled up tin foil! You can also cut up a string of mardi-gras beads (you know you have a strand hiding in your junk drawer!) which makes the perfect metallic look ornaments.

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You can stand these up on your mantel or along a window ledge as a little pinecone forest, or attach a loop of ribbon at the top to transform your pinecone tree into a festive ornament! It will look perfectly natural and rustic on your tree, or draped over a bottle of wine as a gift embellishment!

Feel free to make your tree your own- you can paint it, add glitter, or puff paint along the edges for a snowy look!

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If you are trying this project with kids, a safe process is to encourage them to select the ornaments they like, and point to you where they would like each one placed, and you handle the hot gluing, to protect little fingers!

I hope you try this fun and quick holiday craft, these are great to make especially when it is cold and snowy outside! 🙂

Ribbon Roses

Welcome to week 3 of “April Flowers”! This week I will share with you how you can make roses out of ribbon, and it’s really not as hard as it looks!

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You will need:

Satin ribbon ***
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Stick / skewer
Candle + lighter

***Alternative: This same technique also works with synthetic fabric, think polyester and lining satin, or sheer organza. Using fabric may be a more economic option if you are planning to make a lot of these! I found a big roll of thick ribbon on clearance at Michaels for $1, so keep your eyes open for bargains!

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Start by measuring your ribbon and cutting out your pieces. You will need 10 pieces that are 1.5 inches wide, and 5 pieces that are 2 inches wide.

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Round the corners of your rectangular pieces into “squoval” shapes.

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VERY CAREFULLY singe the edges of your ribbon next to a candle flame. Use the heat of the candle to curve the petals slightly so they are a bit convex.

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This is what your rose petals will look like at this stage. Put them aside and start with one small petal.

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Put a strip of hot glue in the bottom corner of your petal, and fold it down.

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Lay down another strip of hot glue and roll in your petal corner to form a bud.

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Glue the next 4 small petals around this bud, one at a time. As you glue, make sure to slightly stagger your petals so they are dispersed evenly all the way around.

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After five petals, glue in your stick. This is optional- you can continue without the stick if you are planning to use this ribbon rose as a hair accessory!

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Continue to glue down small petals 6 through 10, staggering them around the bud, focusing the glue at the bottom of the petals.

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Glue down the last 5 large petals. As you glue, do not press them down as much as before, allowing more gaps between petal layers.

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And there you have it! Your own rose made of ribbon!

These are beautiful in floral centerpieces and as decor accents, and can be made without the stick for fashion accessories. If you have a wedding or event coming up, consider making some of these to incorporate into your decoration or bouquets!

Here is a quick summary, feel free to pin or save this image for quick reference!

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks’ DIY flower! 🙂 There is one more week left, and one more DIY flower project coming your way! If you would like to vote on the next flower project I make, keep your eyes on my Instagram feed (@Throneandthimble) for your chance to decide!